Thursday, 8 December 2016

πŸŽ… Our Family Christmas Traditions - BLOGMAS DAY 8 πŸŽ…

"Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection." 
- Winston Churchill

Grab yourself a cup of tea like I did before starting to write this post and make yourself comfortable for reading a little story about my family's Christmas traditions... πŸŽ…

Every year, since we moved away from Berlin, the time before, during and after Christmas has always been the same. I don't mind, though. It's something I'm really looking forward to all year long! 
On the 24th of December, on Christmas Eve, we all decorate the Christmas tree; the one for my mum, dad, brother and I, and the one my grandma has. She always just uses silver and white baubles and it's getting quite boring with time but she likes it so... The other Christmas tree is almost a mess of different colours: gold, red, sometimes silver or even pink! My mum really makes an effort when it comes to baubles and it's great to see her so happy and satisfied with the tree every single year!

After decorating both the trees, I help my grandma cook dinner and prepare everything for the rest of my family to be ready for when the rest of the family comes around. It's just the people living with me, so my mum, dad, brother, grandma and two of my uncles, my aunt and my cousin on Christmas Eve. 

When my grandma and I are done preparing all the food and setting the table, she goes back into the living room and has a little nap on the sofa, while my brother is having his nap on the love seat next to her. It's become a real tradition for these two to take a nap together on Christmas Eve before the guests arrive!

Later in the evening, my aunt, my uncle and my cousin arrive and then we just chat... Chat, chat and chat. Until one of us 'kids' - mostly one of my uncles, ha - tells everyone to open the presents, which I had nicely and neatly packed underneath my grandma's Christmas tree since we are all celebrating in her living room.
After everyone's gotten their presents, the three guests we shared some time with, eventually go home.

Which means.... FOOD! Then it's finally time for dinner, mostly it's around seven o'clock in the evening. Afterwards, we all help cleaning up to make sure we're ready on time to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Muppets Christmas Carol afterwards.

It's always my favourite day of the year! There's no other day where my family gets this close, which is quite sad... But especially because there are so little moments where we all really get together, it's even more perfect on Christmas Eve!

On Christmas Day, we don't really do anything since we did all the present-opening, etc. on Christmas Eve already - that's just how we do it, ha.

And these are basically our Christmas 'traditions'! Not quite traditional at all, but I love how our family gets together because of Christmas!

πŸŽ„Tell me about your family's Christmas traditions, if you'd like!πŸŽ„

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